An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome both greedy criminals and the natural elements.
Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against a group of Mexican bandits. Written by
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Raquel Welch was signing autographs on the set for fans, when James Stewart heard her complain that she didn't like doing it. Stewart told her "You better sign those, they're the ones paying your salary." Welch thought about this and from then on willingly signed autographs. See more »
According to the titles, the movie is set in Texas 1867. However, we're introduced to the hangman, played by Guy Raymond, whistling the gospel song "Bringing In The Sheaves". The lyrics and the music to "Bringing In The Sheaves" were not written till 1880, a full 13 years after the movie takes place. See more »
Why do you ride with men like these?
Oh, I don't know. I just got used to it, I guess, through the years. You begin one way, you keep going that way, and pretty soon there's no other way.
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All-star western made big money in 1968, now a faded hit...
"Bandolero!" is a time-filler which has been appropriately relegated to the late-late show, although it was one of the top-grossing moneymakers of 1968. Despite a solid cast, it's a formula western with the actors going through the motions. James Stewart does have the rare opportunity to play a bad guy (albeit a decent bad guy), while Dean Martin, also a villain, is improbably cast as Jimmy's brother! George Kennedy is the salt-of-the-earth sheriff who tries bringing them in, and his love for kidnapped Raquel Welch is rather touching (she's an easy presence on the screen). Too bad the movie has so little energy; the violence (including several shootouts and a bloody attack by Mexican bandits) is surprisingly vicious for a star-driven western, but otherwise it's a lazy, middle-of-the-road effort. **1/2 from ****
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